The Atado Club went to China Town on Saturday July 18th. We had a great time in perfect weather in a surprisingly empty city. The PanAm games must have drawn people away!
Atado in China Town – 23 July 15
Shifu Ron guided the tour with unexpected timing precision! The group of cars arrived in the selected parking lot within a few minutes, we caught the subway to downtown and had time to roam the first set of stores. Then it was time for a delicious lunch of Dim Sum.
China Town Dim Sum Lunch
In good Shaolin Tradition Shifu Victor did not pass up any opportunity to learn and share wisdom. We had some engaging discussions!
Shifu Victor explains foundations of Shaolin philosophy
Afterwards we wandered around some more and visited Dao Shi in the Shaolin Temple in Toronto. Dao Shi’s club has recently moved and has major construction, but we were impressed with his new facilities and future plans. We will certainly have to visit again.
The remaining stores and Bubble Tea were tackled next. Nobody can say Shaolin don’t know how to have fun…
Much later than I anticipated, a happy crew travelled back to the parking lot – not missing the opportunity to help a damsel in distress that was quickly and happily reunited with her family – and departed for home to arrive around 8:30 pm. As long as your car could make it (you know who you are – hope CAA covered you!), this was a great 12h trip.
I enjoyed this outing very much (it was the first I participated in), especially the fun company. I look forward to our next trip, where-ever it may take us!
On July 4th Atado showed up in full force at the Cherry Park Festival to demonstrate Shaolin Kung Fu to an unsuspecting audience.
Shifu Justin and Shi Nicolas give trial lessons at the Cherry Park Festival
We had our demo “on stage” at 11-12 and put on an impressive show. Basic eight and crisp hand forms impressed the audience. Weapons gleamed in the sun. Staff hits cracked the air. Under-layed with music and backed by nice weather this was awesome to watch.
The show was a bit under-visited (due to the fact that the festival had just opened and we were the first act) but we had a lot of interest and fun around our table afterwards. Our Tai-Chi group, lead by Shifu Victor, staged ad-hoc demonstrations and lessons.
Shifu Victor leads an ad-hoc Tai-Chi lesson at the Cherry Park Festival
Our Kung Fu members demonstrated their skills in singles and groups and our parents handed out cookies and flyers to interested bystanders. Many visitors tested their first weapons practice and Shi Nicolas demonstrated the various weapons forms all afternoon.
We received substantial interest even by the press and television. A photographer from the Waterloo Chronicle as well as a private enthusiast captured Shi Nicolas in action while a CTV camera was trained on several of our blackbelts for some action-ladden footage. I set out a spotter’s reward for a copy of any of us published anywhere by and for anyone!
Shifu Karen presents a hand form to the CTV camera man at the Cherry Park festival
With all this activity we can hopefully look forward to some new visitors to the club.
Thank You all for your participation and the great show!
One of our Members pointed out that Canada Day at Columbia Lake is coming up and…
There are – of course – celebrations all over town and…
There will be a lot of people and…
Atado will be there,
high jacking a nice little corner to do demos, answer questions and hand out flyers.
There will be fireworks.
See you there!
The Cherry Park Festival is on Saturday July 4th and Atado will be there!
We will be doing an on-stage demo of Kung Fu and Tai Chi from 11-12 noon.
Cherry Park is in walking distance from Atado and the club will come out after Saturday Morning practice.
Come out, meet us and enjoy the show!
Find out more here (www.cherrypark.blogspot.com):
The City of Kitchener held its annual Multi-Cultural Festival on June 20 & 21st, last weekend. Check it out here – it’s a great event!
A small group of Atado Black Belts took it upon them to venture out with a pile of new flyers, command a nicely located staging ground and go about showing “the world” what Shaolin are made off.
Atado Black Belts demo Shaolin KungFu at the Kitchener Multi-Cultural Festival
We generated a nice amount of interest and people were actually asking for our flyers. We are looking forward for seeing a few new faces in the club soon!
Thanks to Karen, Justin, Nicolas and Gavin we had a good time, got people a taste of true Shaolin Kung Fu and had some interesting discussions with passerby’s and many of the other participants.
Thanks also to Edison who we met walking around the festival with his weapons tied on his back and flyers in his pocket. I hope he didn’t get pulled over…
Thanks to my “good” planning we had neither water, nor food nor sunscreen nor enough money nor did we get a really nice picture to show. I only caught Justin after he had finished his form while Nicolas was hiding behind the lantern post. Better luck next time!
Anyhow, this festival is a great venture for us to meet new people, get our name out and show our skills. Next year we will try to get the booth right next to the staging ground we occupied this time. It was a perfect spot!
Our Perfect Spot for a Demo – Hopefully we can get this booth next year!
Thanks to all who helped and came out.
I promised cookies and I brought them – come to the club, you may be lucky and get some leftovers!
Last Night, in an emotional speech, Ron has told us the story of his club, his KungFu family, some of his past and how he sees Atado going forward.
Ron tells Atado’s history
As you may know, Ron and his wife Stacy are moving back home.
This leaves Atado up in the air for all of us. Luckily Ron has been thinking about his legacy and has prepared the hand-over. Shifu Victor, Shifu Karen, Shifu Justin and Shi Nicolas are ready to continue the Kung-Fu and Tai Chi practice. Shifu Ron will join us via Skype on Saturday’s and visit us for Gradings.
In the ceremony Grandmaster Ron Williamson abdicated his status in the 7th Generation of the Li family to Shi Nicolas as the 8th Generation of the Li family. Shifu Victor completed the ceremony by passing the family chop (seal) from Shifu Ron to Shi Nicolas.
Shi Nicolas accepts the Li Family chop as the 8th generation from Shifu Victor.
take a look at the updated Atado Club Flyer!
We used Ron’s version and added Yoga and the 3 Free Trial Classes
There is a pile printed and we are signing up volunteers to join us for the upcoming Multi-Cultural Festival in Victoria Park to do some advertising and hand out the out.
Cookies for whoever shows up in uniform !!!
We will talk on Saturday, but hopefully you will join our efforts!.
Unfortunately we have not gotten much response for the summer camp – only one week requested from an external party…
So we have to cancel for this year, but next year we will start in February and then we will see! Make sure you mark your calendar and remind us in January.
Just a reminder that this Saturday, February 21st Atado School of Defensive Arts will be holding an open house and two demonstrations for Chinese New Year.
The students and teachers of Atado will take be taking part in two demonstrations at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM.
We encourage everyone to spread the word to their family and friends to attend and celebrate the new year!
Gong xi fa cai!
Please note that we will be open on Saturday January 3rd at 9 AM for regular classes, we hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and we hope to see everyone back safely at Atado.
Atado School of Defensive Arts has openings for students in the new year! If you have any friends, family or acquaintances interested in martial arts and self defense please feel free to bring them in at any time to try it out!